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Bible Study: Meekness


There is a common misunderstanding that the word Meek means that you are weak.  But if you study the Word you realize that it means quite the opposite.  The Bible describes meek as humility, piety, gentleness or condescension.  You could apply these characteristics to Jesus and to various other people in in the Bible from Moses to Paul.

Meekness is a humble attitude that expresses itself in the patient endurance of offenses.  Gentleness is a practical synonym.  It implies mercy and self-restraint.  Meekness is not weakness.  The difference between a meek person and a weak person is that the weak person cannot do anything.  A meek person, can do something but chooses not too.

Meekness is power under control! Proverbs 16:32 says that, “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.”  Gentleness always uses it resources appropriately, unlike the person who is ruled by out-of-control emotions.

You have been taught that meekness is not an admirable characteristic, yet the greatest person to ever live was a meek and humble Man.  Jesus exemplified meekness even as He ministered in the power of God.  Matthew 11:29 says that, “learn from Me, for I am gentle(meek) and humble in heart.”  Those who follow Jesus will also demonstrate meekness, or gentleness as the fruit of a Spirit filled life (Galatians 5:22).

The Bible celebrates Meekness.  The Biblical worldview says last is first.  Giving is receiving.  Dying is living.  Losing is finding.  The least is the greatest.  Meekness is a strength.

The meek are specially blessed with divine care and rich rewards.  Psalm 37:11 says that, “But the meek shall possess the land, and delight themselves in abundance of peace.”  The meek have access to God’s constant protection and boundless love.

When you are meek, you are allowing the Lord to bridle your tongue.  The more your mouth lines up with the Word of the Lord, the more power under control you walk in.  You are able to function as a king in the earth on behalf of the Lord.  He will give you new levels of authority and power.  The result will be new dimensions of the Kingdom of God being relieved.  Jesus will be glorified and His dominion extended.

So if Jesus was meek and gentle, and operated in all power and authority, should we not also be meek and gentle.  Do not forget that you where made in His image.  If the Bible has this much to say about meekness, maybe you should take note and begin to operate in meekness and gentleness.

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